The objectives of this research report are to assess the role of local authorities in the land development process and to identify the main areas where this role adds un-necessarily to the cost of developing land for residential purposes. The report's aim is to provide recommendations on alternative procedures and legislative changes to reduce un-necessary costs.
The report is based on a literature review, supported by analysis of procedures from selected local authorities with particular reference to Albert Shire Council. The author's experience with this shire and the Joint Venture for More Affordable Housing has been included where appropriate.
The report concludes that local authorities do have a significant impact on the cost of developing land. This impact is shown to be either, indirectly caused by the restriction on the supply of land, or directly by way of time delays, charges and standards. Recommendations have been made which address these aspects and which could result in a cost saving of 20-25 percent on the development cost of residential land.